Reprinted at The Imaginative Conservative website this essay first appeared in the Wyoming Catholic College Weekly Bulletin (January 2018).
At a gathering of Wyoming Catholic College faculty and staff on Monday morning, I had occasion to mention T.S. Eliot’s seminal essay “Tradition and the Individual Talent.” Eliot still had an overwhelming ascendancy in literary circles even in the 1960s and early 1970s, and his high Anglo-Catholic influence—very much in the line of Newman—spread far beyond the classroom through the influence of Russell Kirk and many others in the conservative movement. By now, though, Eliot has largely disappeared from the conversation even in Catholic circles.
Dr. Glenn C. Arbery is President of Wyoming Catholic College, where he previously served as Dean and Associate Professor of Humanities. He has taught at the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Thomas More College of Liberal Arts, the University of Dallas, and at Assumption College where he was d’Alzon Professor of Liberal Arts. He is the author of Why Literature Matters (2001) and the editor of two volumes, The Tragic Abyss (2004), and The Southern Critics: An Anthology (2010).